MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — When asked for his reaction to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s departure from the GOP presidential race, fellow candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry joked, “Well, I was hoping the — I’d get the Huntsman girls.”
The audience at the town hall meeting sponsored by the website Café Mom in Myrtle Beach chuckled at his comment.
“We love the Huntsman girls,” Perry said. “Our kids get along well, and Mary Kaye [Huntsman] and Anita [Perry] are best friends, and so Jon’s a dear friend too.”
Technical difficulties with the event’s sound system prevented the press from getting a direct audio feed of the remark, but The Daily Caller was able to record the governor’s comment.
Perry was also asked about his decision to give in-state tuition rates to the children of illegal immigrants in Texas.
“The federal government’s failure to secure the border is the reason that South Carolina passed an immigration law, that Arizona passed one, that Alabama passed one, that we’ve had to do the things in the state of Texas we were forced to do because of the federal government’s absolute failure,” he responded.